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There is an assumption of offender deficit (psychological) when there is an offence committed by a citizen. In assumption of offender deficit it is assumed that offenders against the law have some psychological deficit that distinguishes them from normal law abiding citizens.
To better address treatment linkages and case-specific strategies for offender supervision, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections developed the Client Management Classification tool as a supplement to its risk assessment. The Wisconsin Risk and Needs tools provided separate ratings of the offender's risk of criminal recidivism and a score indicating the severity of the offender's deficit areas. The Client Management Classification took the form of a structured interview, the outcome of which assigned offenders to one of five differential casework treatment modalities.
Assumption of offender deficit premise is based on the assumption that an offender's general thinking style and beliefs contribute significantly to the etiology and maintenance of assaultive behavior.
The Canada social science dictionary provides the following meaning of Assumption of Offender Deficit: The view that offenders against the law have some psychological deficit that distinguishes them from normal law abiding citizens.
"If he did not in fact relish cruelty, it would only be because of some psychological deficit that made him insensitive to the feelings of others" - Clement Greenberg: A Life. - ArtForum, 1998 Arthur C. Danto.